Montana Code Annotated 1995

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     7-2-2604. Consideration of petition -- submission to voters. (1) For the purpose of testing the sufficiency of any petition which may be presented to the county commissioners as provided in this section, the county commissioners shall compare such petition with the pollbooks in the county clerk's office constituting the returns of the last general election held in their county for the purpose of ascertaining whether such petition bears the names of at least 50% of the voters listed therein.
     (2) If the petition is signed by at least 50% of the qualified electors of such county, the board of county commissioners must at the next general election submit the question of removal to the electors of the county.
     (3) If such petition then shows that it has not been signed by at least 50% of the voters of the county, after deducting from the original petition the names of all persons who may have signed such original petition and who may have filed or caused to be filed with the county clerk of said county or the board, on or before the date fixed for the hearing, their statement in writing of the withdrawal of their names from the original petition, it shall be deemed insufficient and the question of the removal of the county seat shall not be submitted.

     History: En. Sec. 4158, Pol. C. 1895; amd. Sec. 2, p. 146, L. 1901; re-en. Sec. 2852, Rev. C. 1907; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 10, L. 1919; re-en. Sec. 4370, R.C.M. 1921; Cal. Pol. C. Sec. 3977; re-en. Sec. 4370, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 406, L. 1973; R.C.M. 1947, 16-302.

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